2004 Rebel 250 slips - Honda Rebel Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 09-18-2019, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
Rebelyell78's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 9
I have a 2004 Rebel 250. This is my first motorcycle and since I got it, I had to do some work on it even replacing the clutch, starter, tires, and clean carburetor since it has been sitting in a garage for a while.
It starts great (since I replace the starter&#x1f918;<img src="http://www.hondarebelforum.com/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> but I have to hit the gas to keep it on until it warms. When i start riding I feel that I have to use a high RPM level to be able to catch a good speed. I believe is not supposed to be that high so something is wrong.
When I try a normal shift (I am experienced with 5 speed cars and trucks) it feels like it jumps to neutral when i hit the gas when trying to catch some speed, specially after 40mph and starts loosing speed going uphill.
I did some research and people talk about a slipping clutch or to adjust the clutch line, even WD40 the line to loosen it up. I really love this bike and enjoy riding it, I like working on it myself so I need some guidance on this issue.
Rebelyell78 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 09-18-2019, 08:01 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
Posts: 28,955
Are you using the choke to start the bike and then gradually pushing it off as the engine warms? Most Rebels like at least 1/3 choke, and many won't tolerate much over 1/2-3/4. Experiment and find the sweet spot for yours. You should never need to give the engine throttle to start it or keep it running.

Once the engine warms up, do you still need to use the throttle to keep it going? If yes, either the carb is still dirty or the idle is set too low. How did you clean the carb? Carb spray, soaking in Berrymans Chem Dip (how long?) or an ultrasonic cleaner? If using the choke to start doesn't fix the throttle issue, the carb may still be clean. Carb spray isn't much better than spitting on it, and Chem Dip may require several days to a week to dissolve stubborn deposits.

Look at the numbered red lines on the speedometer. Those are the maximum recommended shift points for each gear. While you don't have to reach those points before shifting, the Rebel engine does rev high to make power. It can take a while to get comfortable with the correct engine speed noise. Losing speed on a hill is normal and, if the hill isn't too steep or long, can be compensated for somewhat by twisting the throttle.

If the bike loses speed in the upper gears on a level road, the clutch may be slipping.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

'01 & '09 Rebel 250, '06 Ninja 250, '89 VN 750
Putting your bike year and model in your signature helps others help you!
Here's how: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/f19/...re-121087.html
flitecontrol is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 09-18-2019, 04:31 PM
Bokobob's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC
Posts: 670
+1 on flitecontrol's comment..

The slipping into neutral is a mystery...the only thing I can think of is, if you are shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, pull up on the shift lever with "authority" and not gently...if it is not that, then I don't know..

Best wishes on getting your bike fined tuned.

Grace + Peace, Bob
2007 Honda Rebel 250 - Red. Stock.
I'm 84 and still riding
Bokobob is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Rebel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome